6 wacky menu items making waves this summer
Operators are ringing in summer with a slew of new offerings designed to make consumers do a double take. Here’s a look at some of the more unique draws that have been popping up on menus in recent weeks.
1. Deep-fried Twinkie
Long John Silver’s took inspiration from the state fair for its latest limited-time menu item. Its deep-fried Twinkie is currently available at units in Pittsburgh and St. Louis until July 23. The chain plans to roll out the dessert item chainwide out soon.
2. Liger shake
Fresh off the heels of Starbucks’ unicorn frappuccino, Arby’s has released its own limited-time drink based on a semi-mythical creature. The liger shake, inspired by a cross between a lion and a tiger, is a hybrid of the chain’s Orange Cream and Ultimate Chocolate milkshakes, and includes stripes of chocolate sauce on the sides to mimic a liger’s stripes. The shake will be available at Arby’s until the end of June.
3. Treatzza Pizza
Dairy Queen is permanently bringing back this ‘90s fan favorite. The dessert pizza features a fudge cookie crust topped with vanilla soft serve and a choice of candy topping, such as Reese’s peanut butter cups or M&M’s. Cut in eight slices, the chain says the menu item is aimed for customers who don’t want to buy a full-scale ice cream cake.
4. Naked Chicken Chips
The next installment of Taco Bell’s naked chicken-themed menu items—the chain featured Naked Chicken Chalupas as an LTO earlier this year—arrived at units nationwide in early May. Naked Chicken Chips, reminiscent of chicken nuggets cut in triangles, are served with a side of nacho cheese dipping sauce. They are sold in orders of six ($1.99) or 12 ($3.99), and are available as part of a $5 combo that also includes a crunchy taco, a burrito supreme and a medium drink.
5. Lucky Charms milkshake
Capitalizing on the photo-friendly colorful drink trend, Burger King’s latest limited-time beverage combines ice cream, marshmallow cereal-flavored syrup and Lucky Charms cereal to create an Instagram-worthy shake packed with nostalgia. This isn’t the first time the burger chain has experimented with cereal-inspired drinks—this spring, it also released a Froot Loop-flavored milkshake.
6. Pizza sliders
Arby’s has ventured into unfamiliar waters—or sauces—with its new pizza sliders. The mini sandwich is comprised of salami, pepperoni, melted provolone cheese and roasted garlic marinara sauce on a warm bun. The pizza slider was added to the QSR’s menu at the end of May, along with seven other slider varieties. Unlike the additional seven, the pizza version will only be available for a limited time.